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Ryosuke Hirata broke a 1-1 tie with a sixth-inning RBI double as the Chunichi Dragons prevented Hiroki Kuroda from recording his 200th career victory in top-flight pro ball with a 4-1 win over the Hiroshima Carp in the Central League on Wednesday.

“We didn’t want to be the ones he beat for his 200th win, so to Mr. Kuroda I want to say, ‘Please get it next week,’ ” Hirata said after the Dragons home game in Ishikawa Prefecture.

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